Sunday, February 17, 2013

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers



These spicy bites can be tailored in a number of ways, this is one of the simpler ones. Add ground meat to the mix to add another dynamic or peanut butter if you're feeling nutty.



Ingredients

  • 8 Extra Large jalape├▒o peppers or up to 15 smaller ones
  • 1 package softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup mild cheddar cheese
  • 1 lb sliced bacon
  • 1 craft beer*


Preparation Instructions

  1. Slice the top off each pepper, slice in half, then remove the ribs and seeds.
  2. Blend the cheddar and cream cheese together with clean hands. Season as desired, not required.
  3. Stuff a good amount of the cream cheese mixture inside each pepper half.
  4. If using smaller peppers take the bacon and cut the strips into 2 pieces (cut the short way, not the long way). If using large peppers you can use a whole slice.
  5. Wrap a bacon piece around each pepper, secure it with a toothpick if necessary. I usually don't.
  6. Cook using one of the following methods.


Grill:

  1. Prepare your grill for indirect grilling at around 375˚F.
  2. Place the peppers on the top of a broiler pan (set aside the bottom) or mesh pan.
  3. Place the broiler pan on the grill grates.
  4. Grill for 25-30 minutes or until the bacon is sorta crispy.
  5. Remove from grill and serve hot.









Bake:

  1. Place a wire rack in a rimmed baking sheet and place the poppers on the wrack.
  2. Bake at 375˚F for about 25-30 minutes or until the bacon is sorta crispy.
  3.  Remove from oven and serve hot.


*unnecessary but it sure makes assembly more enjoyable.